Gujarat, India

Jigar was born in the city of Bhuj, in the Kutch district of Gujarat. Born to an artist father, Jigar devoted his time learning from him as a child and at the age of ten, he had made portraits of Pujya Punjal Rabari, the magician K.Lal and when he was twelve he created a portrait of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

 

After graduating with a B.Com from Kutch University in 2009, he went on to pursue his passion for painting full time. Jigar’s remarkable achievement lies in the fact that he gave rise to a series of paintings arising from the concept of rhythm in the Indian music, called tal. He exhibited these works entitled, ‘Talvandana’, which was sponsored by Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy in the year 2012 and was held at Nehru Centre Art Gallery in Mumbai. He authored a book by the same title and based on the paintings on rhythm, which was published by Navbharat Sahitya Mandir in Ahmedabad. He has exhibited his works for the inaugural function of the regional office of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in Ahmedabad in 2012 and has exhibited for the same council for another exhibition held at Vijayraj Library in Bhuj the very next year.

 

Jigar’s work has garnered him awards and honours, namely, the Rasiklal Parikh Award by Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy in 2011, thereby becoming the first artist in Kutch to receive this honour. His other achievements include being a member of Art Society Of India, an artist of Vande Matram Museum in Bhujodi, for being part of artist camps conducted by Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, and winning third and first prizes for the Kutch Ran Utsav painting festival in 2008 and 2009 respectively, among his other accomplishments.

 

He has exhibited at group exhibitions, attended workshops in Gujarat and Mumbai. From 1998 he has been contributing illustrations for the local newspaper, ‘Kuchmitra’ for the Janmabhoomi Group of Mumbai and presently, he is at work on a series of paintings on the mountain Girnar.

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